Bollywood on the Green

Bollywood dance from a pro, Pratap Singh

Bollywood dance is a beautiful blend of all Indian dance styles. People across the world love Bollywood because of vibrant music and colorful outfits. Some people like it because there are no rules. This April, come join us to have loads of fun and dance the Bollywood way. The event is free and no experience is needed. We will get to learn from a very experienced Bollywood Choreographer Pratap Singh.

Pratap Singh is a Choreographer, Founder, Director of Nritya Dance Academy. He has been associated with Bollywood for the past 10 years and appeared in over 100 movies. He performed and choreographed awards and Bollywood tours. He is certified by the Cine Dancers Association. He has gone on 3 world tours and has been in more than 700 stage shows. He choreographed a Hollywood movie – Cheetah Girls.


SAMYOGA- The Sublime Union

PERFORMANCE BY : SHIJITH N PARVATHY DANCE TROUPE

Dark and Light; Day and Night; Good and Bad; Positive and Negative; Craving and Aversion; Union and Separation; Yin and Yang; Shiva and Shakti. The concept of polar opposites, as a philosophical cornerstone,resonates across many cultures. It often defines the boundaries against which emotions, virtues, character, and, indeed, life itself, is viewed and understood. This is the primeval concept which is portrayed through this production, using the sentiment of Shringara, or love, as the medium.

Shringara has multiple aspects: Ayoga Shringara or the aching, longing aspect of love caused by privation; Viprayoga Shringara or the sentiment of separation in love; and Sambhoga Shringara or the Union.

In Samyoga– Sublime love, the dancers have drawn their material from three great epics in three Indian languages: the Rukmini Kalyanam canto from the Bhagavatham in Telugu, the Kamba Ramayanam in Tamil, and the Kumarasambhavam in Sanskrit. In each of these three pieces, the sentimentof Shringara in its many forms, is highlighted through the characters and personalities of three divine couples: Rukmini and Krishna, Sita and Rama,and Parvathy and Shiva, respectively.

The coming together of light and dark to create the day. The coming together of the right and the left to bring about balance. The coming together of the Man and the Woman, for the continuance of the Soul. Samyoga, The Sublime Union.

Take a sneak peek of our upcoming event- Samyoga the sublime union

Posted by South Asian Performing Arts Foundation on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Get a glimpse of what is to come - Meghadootam the cloud messenger.

Posted by South Asian Performing Arts Foundation on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Meghadootam

PERFORMANCE BY : SHIJITH N PARVATHY

Once upon a time, an exiled man in a distant land, pining for his beloved, urges to carry a message to her. Listen to his aching mind, Veiled in soft dreams... Hear the gusts of deep sighs....Chasing illusions of union... a message of everlasting love! We bring to the stage a sublime classic by the celebrated 5th century Sanskrit poet Kalidasa

Meghadootam is an invaluable jewel of Sanskrit classical literature as it epitomizes the subliminal relationship between a man trapped in trying circumstances with his only companion – nature. While conceiving ,scripting and choreographing this work, we saw the journey of the megham and the yearnings of the Yaksha as a metaphor for the eternal search of the soul! The yearning of the human mind to find true love, to journey to that space deep within of acceptance and eternal union  has been our deepest inspiration while interpreting this masterpiece! Our creative interpretation of the work has the megham as a creation of the most poignant and deeply felt throbbing of a seeking heart….The cloud messenger in this interpretation is created by nature by every drop of tear that falls from the longing eyes of the Yakhsa.In a creative departure from the original text, this megham is embodied then with the soul of the Yaksha and lives through the journey to Alaka feeling the pangs of separation with as much pain as the Yaksha. Shijith and Parvathy brought the formidable reputation to bear upon the music as imagined by Bombay Jayashri, for Meghadootam -The cloud messenger.